Epirrhoe rivata - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 31 May 2012
Epirrhoe rivata Adult


© Matthew Gandy

Epirrhoe rivata (Hübner, 1813)

Wood Carpet
Mélanippe claire

Wingspan: 23-27mm

A bivoltine species on the wing from May and June to July and August when it is an occasional visitor to the lights at Las Descargues but rarely encountered on the Causse. A species of sunny, herb-rich meadows and banks.

Larvae feed on Galium species, overwintering as paupae just below ground level.